The King of Hearts is sometimes referred to as the “suicide king,” because he appears to be stabbing himself in the head with a sword—actually, two heads and two swords. However, the swords are really positioned behind the King. This is significant to this routine. The King of Hearts is set aside, and a spectator selects two cards from the balance of the pack. There’s a big surprise when the King is turned over. Instead of the normal card back, now there’s a view of the King from behind- and it’s seen that the swords are skewering two miniature cards-the selections! By Ton Onosaka.